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New scientific developments in geology may drive gold mining prospects

Porphyry deposits are naturally occurring geological formations that are the largest reservoirs of copper and gold. New scientific developments in geology may drive gold mining prospects, as knowledge of the amount of gold in porphyry copper-gold deposits is important for mining operators to gauge the mine’s economic attractiveness and evaluate the distribution of gold in…
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Mining our way to sustainability

Day-to-day activities in modern society are fundamentally tied to the production output of the extractive industry. Legal and regulatory reform, institutional strengthening, and a clean extractive industries value chain will enable sustainable economic growth and development whilst respecting community needs. With good governance and transparent management, the mining industry can have a positive impact on…
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De-hubbing mercury from global gold production

Anthropogenic mercury pollution occurs when artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) operators use toxic mercury to extract gold. This is a huge concern because no safe level of exposure to mercury exists. Immediate, corrective, and enforceable actions by legislative and judicial organs around the world are needed, and the illicit trade of mercury needs to…
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Nitrates and Phosphates causing eutrophication of coastal areas and surface water

The eutrophication of surface water and coastal zones is expected to increase globally until 2030. While the rate of eutrophication may stabilise in developed countries, researchers believe that it may continue to worsen in developing countries. This will inevitably lead to the degradation of coastal areas and surface water quality, placing further strain on two…
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Realising mining’s potential contribution to sustainable socio-economic progress

Natural resources have the potential to drive growth, human development, and poverty reduction in many countries. But for a very long time, ‘gold mining’ and ‘sustainable socio-economic development’ were seen as a contradiction in terms. Now, the mining industry is at an inflection point. Mining operations can be clean, safe, and sustainable to achieve long-term…
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IGOs and UN bodies’ industry partnerships with gold mining operators may benefit society and the environment

Intergovernmental organisations and UN bodies have the capacity to provide formal, ongoing, multilateral processes of decision-making between states, along with the capacity to execute the collective will of their member states. 1 These entities subsume a stable regulatory oversight on decision-making and governance whilst providing institutional autonomy. It is thus critical that mining operators engage…
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Gold Mining’s Potential Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

Adopted by all 193 member-states of the United Nations in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals constitute the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. Defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet…
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Mining opportunities abound in Kazakhstan

Mining accounts for roughly 13 to 14 percent of Kazakhstan’s gross domestic product and more than 20% of the country’s exports. 1  Gold mining, in particular, has seen impressive growth over the past few years as foreign mining companies made huge investments into the country’s top mines. Explored since the Soviet times, the largest of…
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Gold rush as investors dig deep to survive crisis

With rising COVID-19 infections and geopolitical tensions around the world, uncertainty has continued to cloud investor sentiment. Many investors are scrambling to safety, driving a meteoric rise in the value of gold, a traditional safe haven, to levels not seen since 2012. Sophisticated fund managers have even begun funneling money into gold exchange-traded funds, which…
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Preventing the Tunapocalypse

The artisanal and small-scale gold mining industry (ASGM) is the largest source of man-made mercury contamination globally, and, according to a paper published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, it is responsible for 37% of anthropogenic mercury emissions. 1 ASGM outfits in Asia, Africa, and South America commonly use the mercury…
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Rising Gold Prices Reinvigorate the Allure of Gold Mining

Uncertainty is pervading economic sentiment. Analysts are worried about geopolitical tensions and a second wave of COVID-19 infections that could potentially send the global economy spiralling into an even deeper slump. Meanwhile, investors are turning to gold as a safe haven asset, leading to gold prices rising to their highest in almost eight years. Gold…
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Seismic Shocks May Affect The Structural Stability Of Tailings Dams

Earthquakes are one of the main external causes behind tailings dams failures. Depending on the severity of an earthquake, cracks and breaches will either cause the dams to fail immediately, or affect the stability of the tailings structure. Seismic waves (elastic waves in the earth) play a large part in the extent of damage to…
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The Inconvenient Truth of Tailings Dams Failures

South America accounts for over 20% of the global number of tailings dams, and there have been two cases of dams failure in the last five years. With their abundance of local natural resources, Latin American nations should not have pollutive tailings dams. When tailings dams fail, they spill contaminated earth laced with toxic mercury…
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Climate Change Affecting Tailings Dams in Cold Climate Mining Operations

In the arctic north, the presence of permafrost is a major consideration in the prospecting of mines. For many mining operators, this geological manifestation has an ecological impact on the entire mining lifecycle — from planning, operation, and eventual abandonment — and the feasibility of mining operations may rest on the durability of the traditional…
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Hydrophobic and Porous Polysulfides — A Revolutionary Advancement for Oil Spill Clean-Up Operations

Oil and gas spills pose a dangerous threat to the environment, communities and the economy. Around the world, especially in fragile ecosystems, the impact of these spills on waterways is a major concern. This contaminated water affects marine life, impacting our seafood supply, as well as our drinking water. On average, it can take two…
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Clean Earth partners with MetalsTech

MetalsTech partnership affirms potential of non-toxic gold recovery agent

On the 18th of February 2020, Clean Earth Technologies officially partnered with MetalsTech Limited (MTC), a gold exploration and development company based in Western Australia and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. This partnership is specifically focused on testing CET’s award-winning, non-toxic gold recovery agent for gold recovery at MTC’s Sturec Gold Project in Slovakia.…
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Zimbabwean Illegal Mining

Artisanal mining crucial to reviving Zimbabwean industry

A large influx of illegal gold miners has cropped up in Zimbabwe, motivated by the country’s “worst economic crisis in a decade.” The immediate effects of this illegal mining are severe and threaten the health of the environment and nearby communities. Lungelo Ndhlovu writes for Reuters, “fervent gold rushes that can lead to violence and…
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Geopolitics and Gold

Rising gold prices reveal rising dangers in mining operations

2019 has been a golden year for rising gold prices in many countries, but not, unfortunately, for the most innocent of reasons. The Yonhap News Agency reports that trade difficulties between the United States and China have led to “outstanding performance” from pure gold in Korea’s market—the retail price of one unit of gold in…
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Clean Earth Flinders University Partnership

Australian breakthrough headed for world markets

Clean Earth Technologies has this week signed an Australian landmark agreement with Flinders University to commercialise a revolutionary clean-up solution for some of the world’s biggest environmental problems – oil spills, mercury pollution and fertiliser runoff. The company has formalised its partnership with the University’s Chalker Research Lab, acquiring a suite of patents and setting…
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Zero tolerance for failure in tailings dams management

Tailings storage facilities need “clean” overhaul

With the health and safety focus shifting toward tailings storage facilities (TSF), the need for solutions for properly managing tailings is at an all-time high. An article published by Clean Mining, a part of the Clean Earth Technologies group, describes the danger of tailings dams in various mining sectors, which hold leftover materials used in…
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Clean Earth achievements

Clean Tech cleans up

It has been less than a year since Clean Earth Technologies made an outstanding debut on the international market unveiling a portfolio of clean tech to promote a cleaner, richer earth. New year 2020 is an opportune time to look back at some of the significant achievements that have cemented the CET group as an…
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Field Test - Artisanal Solution

Good riddance to mercury in gold mining

Clean Mining, a part of the Clean Earth Technologies group, has developed a proven solution that fully replaces mercury in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector. Mercury is a neurotoxic substance commonly used in extracting gold in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM). This practice comprises roughly 15 – 25% of all gold production,…
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Breaking News

Clean gold captures the international spotlight

Clean Earth Technologies’ flagship mining product has won top honours in the prestigious 2019 international Mining Magazine Awards, announced today (24 Jan 2020). The industry-choice awards celebrate excellence and innovation in the global mining industry, shining a spotlight on those who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to advancing the industry in the past 12 months. CET’s…
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Staying ahead of the sustainability game clean earth

Staying a step ahead of the sustainability game

Public concern about sustainability and environmental impact have increased significantly in recent years as the effects of climate change take hold. The mining industry is firmly in their sights as awareness grows around the industry’s reliance on toxic chemicals, like cyanide and mercury, and the major risks they present to health and the environment. Clean…
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Eco-drawcard for mining millennials press releases

Eco-drawcard needed for millennials in mining

Environmental responsibility is a top priority for millennials and could be the drawcard the mining industry needs to address a shortage of talent in the industry, according to experts heading for an international mining conference in Africa next month, from 3rd – 6th February 2020. The Africa 2020 Mining Outlook, released ahead of Investing in…
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Clean tech features as global miners focus on future

Clean tech features as global miners focus on future

Sustainability and Clean tech in 2020 and beyond will be the focus as leading players in the global mining sector gather at the world’s biggest mining investment event—the Investing in African Mining Indaba. In his keynote speech at the conference—which takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 3rd – 6th February 2020—Anglo American CEO…
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Mining in South Africa

Stopping the sun from setting on South African mining

South Africa has some catching up to do in the mining industry. Exploration methods and technologies will require healthy innovation before the industry can see marked improvement. Minerals Council SA suggests mining investment for the country “could almost double in the next four years,” but as Scarlett Evans of Mining Technology reports, “to achieve this,…
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Are current oil spill clean-up methods clean enough?

Are current oil spill clean-up methods clean enough?

The impacts of serious oil spills can be felt for decades, with some damage being completely irreparable. Doused with suffocating black sludge, the waterways, marine life, land animals, plant biodiversity, infrastructure and economy in affected areas are all at risk. Fast, efficient, economical and responsible oil spill clean-up techniques are vital if nature and the…
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Black Market Mercury

Black market mercury a booming industry in Southeast Asia

It might not be obvious, but the ugly industry of black market mercury, much of which fuels illegal gold mining, thrives just around the corner. The statistics are staggering. Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is responsible for 25% of all gold production, but generates nearly 40% of all global mercury pollution. In ASGM, miners…
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e-waste recycling

Recycling: the latest fashion in consumer technology

Fashion, fad or function, consumer technology is constantly evolving with new and improved models of our favourite gadgets being released more and more regularly. The result? More than 50 million tonnes of electronic rubbish are generated every year, according to the Global E-waste Monitor. The rubbish weighs more than all the commercial airliners ever made,…
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Blockchain accountability

All that glitters is not gold: accountability critical to ensuring “clean gold”

Customers might not be so eager to buy an expensive piece of gold jewellery if they knew what went on behind the scenes. With a myriad of ethical issues involved in mining, establishing a means to identify gold’s provenance as genuinely ethical and environmentally friendly is crucial – clean gold. While many companies are considering…
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Clean Mining steps in as cyanide bans come into play

Clean Mining steps in as cyanide bans come into play

Traditionally used in the mining of precious metals like gold, cyanide is a highly toxic chemical which has found itself under the spotlight in recent years. Governments, public bodies and private sector organisations have become increasingly aware of the extreme threat the reagent poses to the environment, human health and essential resources like drinking water,…
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Fertilliser nitrate pollution

Man-made nutrients enable crop growth, but may poison water supplies at the same time

Natural fertilisers (man-made), possessing vital sources of plant nutrients like nitrogen, have long been at work in regions where commercial agriculture thrives. However, the continued and excessive use of manure and synthetic fertiliser containing nitrates (a soluble form of nitrogen) may lead to surface run-off that has consequences on the environment and human health. Small…
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Keystone Pipeline Oil Spill

The staying power of oil spills

The recent Keystone Pipeline spills in North Dakota, which leaked an estimated 383,040 gallons of oil, continues to surprise with the scope of its environmental impact. Initial reports, which had placed the affected area at 2,500 square yards, have turn out to be a severe underestimation, with recent reports from CNN indicating that the affected…
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Illegal Mining in Costa Rica

Costa Rica beset by illegal, toxic mining practices

Costa Rica continues to suffer environmental damage at the hands of artisanal and small-scale gold miners who use cyanide and mercury in gold processing characterised as toxic mining. The Tico Times reported on a recent seizure of toxic chemicals which miners had been using to extract gold. Costa Rica’s Public Ministry Security seized 2,400 kilogrammes…
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clean innovations

“Clean” innovations key to ushering Australian mining industry into next decade

Clean Mining, a part of the Clean Earth Technologies group, has its eyes set on becoming a pioneer in gold mining by introducing “clean” innovations to the industry. An autonomous, beyond line-of-sight drone flight 600m underground in a WA mine has been cited as a shining example of Australia’s resources ingenuity. Austrade deputy chief executive…
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Clean Mining blog

‘Clean Mining’ technology to help Australia’s growing interest in gold

Since 2018, Australian interest in gold has surged, accompanied by a growing investment in mineral exploration. The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that the country spent 19% more on both gold and mineral exploration compared to the previous year.* Jeff McCulloch, the Manager Director of Clean Mining Limited (a part of the Clean Earth Technologies…
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menzies field-testing

Thiosulphate-based solution replaces cyanide in gold recovery test at Menzies Gold Hub

PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA Experts have successfully validated thiosulphate’s ability to serve as a non-toxic replacement for cyanide in gold recovery. The recent demonstration project at the Menzies Gold Hub showcased the solution’s capacity to operate in-field and at scale. Previously, thiosulphate had only undergone laboratory test work. Thiosulphate is an inorganic compound, a salt, which…
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Mercury Free Mining

Toxic mercury exposure affects millions of miners

In many developing nations, artisanal and small-scale gold mines (ASGM) use mercury to recover gold. Miners use it as a crude and ineffective, albeit cheap, method of separating gold ore from soil and sediments. However, there are no adequate safeguards to protect the miners or the environment from toxic exposure to mercury. Large amounts of…
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